The majority of the time I don't bother to lock, but in places where the risk seems high I don't let my bike out of my sight.
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I think you should look at the ACA's Tidewater Potomac route. It meets a lot of your criteria. It is less than 400 miles long, there isn't demanding terrain so your friend shouldn't be stressed since she lacks experience, traveling to DC should be not too difficult, DC has great museums to see if you haven't been before. May is a very good season to tour in this area.
Gotcha. I don't know why, but I tend to do things like this, over planning/thinking things
I suppose I'll stay with the stock tires for now, however, I will be upgrading the saddle to a Brookes Flyer saddle
I'm thinking about doing the southern tier cross country route this summer.Consider how hot that will be. I did the ST in February-March time frame and you couldn't pay me to do it in the Summer. Personally I found the ST to have mostly underwhelming scenery and the only real pluses for that route are that it is flatter, shorter, and can be done in the winter.
I heard that the wind generally goes from West to East but a friend who went cross country (Trans Am) said she experienced headwind the entire time while going West to East.
I want to start out in the East and go West from there.
A good quality bike in well maintained condition should not require a lot of maintenance even over a 4000 mile tour. Chain lubing and tire pressure should be the only routine items with wearing out or damaging a tire as a possibility.
I am also extremely interested in your tips on free camping. Do you typically ask people to camp on their land?
Doesn't something like the attached look cleaner? I presume one could still reach down to get stuff easily enough.Actually that looks butt ugly to me. I am not that concerned with how things look though. Function should come first IMO.
Thank you very much for your responses! I also read some stuff in the past time about the route and feel way less insecure about it now. I'm still thinking about the best way from LA to the Southern Tier Route. I think of two options: leaving LA to the South/East and meet the Route in Brawley or going South to Start the Route in San Diego. What do you think?If it was me, unless I wanted to ride that section of the coast, I'd probably just hop on a train or bus and start in San Diego.
I found an app that seems to do what I am looking for. MapMyRide GPS Cycling Riding.Mapmyride is great for short trips, for a coast to coast ride I strongly recommend that you buy the Adventure Cycling maps for a suitable route (TA to WE maybe?). The extra info on the maps will likely save you way more than the cost of the maps. All of the services you need are listed on the maps as well as a lot of free places to stay. Here is a link to the relevant AC routes mapped out on mapmyride: